Thursday, December 31, 2015

To Ring in the New Year .....




Most people ring in the New Year with champagne....
but I like to sip a nice cup of tea!!!!  



We gathered together for a lovely celebration of the year we enjoyed....
and time to spend chatting about the year to come. 



We are blessed to have wonderful women in our lives....




....and I am very blessed to enjoy this lady as my Mom, my friend and my mentor.  



Friendship and sweet treats.....a perfect combination.




Tea celebrations are such fun!!!




So much so that I bought this adorable child's  tea set.....for ME!!!! 

My wish for us all is a year of health and happiness.  
Happy 2016. 


Friday, December 25, 2015

We Are Blessed....




In this holiest of seasons.....
I wish you the peace of the Christ Child. 




We are blessed beyond measure.




With the gift of family....
we are reminded that the greatest present is the time we spend together. 




                     The JOY of Christmas pageants brought new meaning to His birth.
                             The faces of the children share the GOOD NEWS!!!!




 The time we spend as family is precious. 




The blessings of friends enriches our lives. 




We are simply grateful in all things. 




Merry Christmas one and all.  



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Merry Merry.....and I am BACK!!!!



My blog has sadly been neglected....
but I promise to be NICE and not NAUGHTY
 and post more often. 

We gathered this weekend for Oma's special holiday treat....
St. Nicholas and a visit from Santa Claus!!!



We are so grateful for those that travel from near and far. 




For those that bring special Dutch treats to make our day even more special. 




We are blessed by family and many memories of both the past, 
and our joyous present. 




Little ones shyly share with Santa Claus their Christmas wishes....




....and eagerly open the gifts that Santa has chosen for each of them. 




It is so special to know that Santa loves each child 
and seems to know so much about them!!!!




We smiled that Emmerson could not stop telling Santa soooo many things!!!




Many gifts are made by hand.....




....and shared from the heart. 




Sisters help each other when it is hard to open the special gifts!!!




We await the GOOD NEWS that Oma is once again on the GOOD list!!!! 




We treasure that the gift of time spent together is the most precious gift of all.  





Thank you Santa for our very special day.....we love you SOOOO MUCH!!! 

Thank you Oma for bringing this tradition to our family each year. 




The day ends when new pajamas are worn and Christmas Carols are sung. 

We are blessed to share this day....
and grateful for  the many precious memories we have shared. 




Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Birthday Season....





We are in birthday season!!!!  

Oma was first and no one loves birthdays like Oma!!!



There are wonderful meals to be enjoyed....
followed by the most amazing cake.  

Yummy!!!


I had a birthday too.

Thank goodness for helpers to open my gifts. 

  

We all know the best gifts are hugs....

  

...which were abundantly shared. 


Another great dinner....back to WW Points SOON!!!




There has been some sewing too.

Oma loves Strawberries, 
SEW I had such fun surprising her with this quilt. 




Emmerson will be Minnie Mouse for Halloween. 

I could not wait to make this Minnie inspired dress.



Sew much fun I made a second dress that Emmerson wore proudly.



I  have been wanting to make a Tilda doll for a long time.

I found the book, and viewed a great tutorial on You Tube.

Another fun way to play with fabric!!!



It has been the happiest of birthday seasons.

I have been spoiled and loved by family, my dear students and my sweet friends.

I just wish birthday cakes were calorie free!!!!


Thursday, September 3, 2015

As Summer come to an end.....






It is looking more and more like Summer is sadly coming to an end. 



Fall sports have begun....




....and back to school parties have been enjoyed. 




The little ones practiced napping with their new blankets.
Emme was very happy with her new heart blanket that "Oma Oma" made. 




Clare and Laurel were equally excited about their "back to school" bags.




Laurel looks excited ( ??? ) to be my Mini-Me  !!!!




Hmmmm.....maybe a bit more excited to nap under her new preschool blankie. 




Clare was happy to snuggle with Grampie, 
who enjoyed teasing her about losing yet another tooth!!!




Other signs that summer is coming to an end.....
Barn Sales. 


I LOVE Myrtle Creek. 
 Always inspiring and always fun. 




Wonderful gardens and a delicious cafe....




....and today they had a barn sale FULL of fun things to shop for. 




Here are my treasures....along with lots and lots of plants!!!




I bribed Jim into going with me by promising him breakfast here!!!




I couldn't wait to get my treasures home to the garden. 




The rusty wine rack became a pot holder!!!




I love to "repurpose" in my garden. 

This was the first present I got from Jill. 

It was meant to hold candles....now it holds flowers!!!




My garden has not gotten the word that summer is soon to be a memory. 




I have to agree with my garden.

 I am still enjoying my time sitting in the sunshine,
 reading old issues of Victoria magazine,
 and keeping summer in my heart as long as I can!!!